Colorado Avalanche Extend Coach Joe Sacco's Contract

DENVER, CO - MARCH 03: Head coach Joe Sacco of the Colorado Avalanche leads his team against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Pepsi Center on March 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Penguins defeated the Avalanche 5-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche and head coach Joe Sacco have agreed on a two-year contract extension.

The Colorado Avalanche and head coach Joe Sacco have agreed on a two-year contract extension, as the team announced on Wednesday. The deal will keep Sacco in Colorado through the 2013-2014 season, giving him the chance to continue his efforts to build the Avalanche into a contender.

After leading the Avalanche to a surprising appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2010, his first year as a head coach in the NHL, the team stumbled to a below-.500 finish during the 2010-2011 season. While the Avalanche once again failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2012, their 41-35-6 record is a significant improvement from the previous season.

In the press release announcing the extension, Avalanche GM Greg Sherman says that, "Joe has earned the opportunity to lead this young team. Our club made significant strides this season and we look forward to continuing that next season."

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